What did you say you're doing? Computer science student. That's good, it's needed nowadays. Your parents? My parents are retired. Right, tell me why you're here. Well. See. I love Maria very much and I came to ask for her hand. Really? Good, I agree. Let's celebrate. I have some Pintic liquor. See, I don't drink liquor. How can't you drink? This is medicine. One for you, one for me. Cheers. Wait, not like that. You don't taste it like you do with tea. See if you don't know how to drink. I'll teach you. You take it to your mouth. And all at once. One more.

(Translated by Oana Dicilea / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year I / Corrected by Silvia Petrescu, coordinator of the translations)

Real Fiction is a collective project started in 2013 by Florin Piersic Jr. The concept of Real Fiction continued to exist as a Facebook group, after a volume of stories was published at Humanitas Publishing House. (In July 2021, the group has 6.800 members.) The authors write ultra-short stories, with the texts limited to 500 characters (in Romanian, so the length of the English translation might be a little different) - a flash-fiction exercise on a topic that changes almost daily. The group's coordinators are Florin Piersic Jr., Gabriel Molnar, Răzvan Penescu, and Luchian Abel. (Drawing by Adrian T. Roman)

Versiunea în română a acestui text se poate citi aici, în rubrica Ficţiuni Reale.

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